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Red Arrows to perform first ever Pride flypast

The Red Arrows will fly over Pride in London for the first time at this year’s parade.

The Ministry of Defence said the decision is a show of support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and LGBT Armed Forces personnel.

The Red Arrows performing a flypast Credit: Reuters

The MOD says it wants to celebrate the work done in recent years to improve diversity and inclusion across defence. This year the Royal Navy was named one of UK’s top 10 LGBT-friendly employers, according to Stonewall, while the British Army also retained its place in Stonewall’s top 50 list.

The Red Arrows are honoured to feature as a part of this year’s Pride in London. The flypast will illustrate the team’s role representing both the United Kingdom and also the dedicated, skilled and talented people drawn from all backgrounds serving across our Armed Forces. Hopefully all those attending Pride in London will be inspired by the flypast and enjoy the occasion

– Royal Air Force Squadron Leader, David Montenegro

The Arrows will perform a traditional red, white and blue flypast above the Pride parade, which takes place on June 25th. Around 200 armed forces personnel are also expected to march in the parade.

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London Pride 2013

London's Pride Festival opens today with an exclusive interview with tennis legend Martina Navratilova. The event will be hosted by renowned sports commentator, Claire Balding in front of a select audience at St James Theatre in London.

Participants at London Pride. Credit: Jeff Moore/Jeff Moore/Empics Entertainment

Pride in London will run until Thursday 18th July and will include cabaret acts, parties, talks, photography workshops and much more. The famous London Pride Parade will take place next Saturday, starting in Oxford Street at 1pm and finishing at Whitehall several hours later.

Participants at London Pride. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press Association Images